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Tax Overhaul Not Immune to GOP Infighting
Border adjustment tax among issues that could cause intraparty stress

House Republicans may experience significant intraparty disagreements over their upcoming tax overhaul effort. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans have said a tax code rewrite will be easier than the health care overhaul that continues to elude them. Whether or not that proves true, a few intraparty battles likely lay ahead on taxes.

The GOP is united around the goal of a tax code overhaul. Republican lawmakers used Tax Day on Tuesday to highlight their shared vision for cutting tax rates, simplifying the code and spurring economic growth.

Funding Deadline Tests GOP Strategy
Republicans hoped for more under Trump, but still need Democrats’ help

From left, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan meet for a working lunch at the White House on March 1. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

When Republicans kicked the fiscal 2017 spending deadline into April last December, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said they’d rather negotiate with incoming GOP President Donald Trump than the outgoing Democratic one.

But now, congressional Republicans are talking about largely ignoring requests from the White House as they negotiate with Democrats over a spending bill to take the government off autopilot for the remaining five months of the fiscal year.

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There’s Danger for Democrats, Too, in Obamacare Repeal
Blame for not replacing health care law may end up on everyone’s hands

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, center, and Reince Priebus, incoming White House chief of staff, leave a news conference with Republican senators after the Senate luncheons in the Capitol on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“So the dog finally caught the car.” That seemed to be the consensus in Washington Wednesday after Vice President-elect Mike Pence and congressional Republicans declared with confidence that they will begin to repeal Obamacare immediately, but struggled to say what Americans could expect as a replacement for the president’s signature health care law, or when.

“It will literally begin on Day One,” Pence promised in a press conference about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for dismantling Obamacare. But when asked what exactly will happen on Day One, or what the House will eventually vote on, Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan declined to go into detail.  

Boehner: ‘Thank God I’m Not in the Middle of This’
Former speaker compares president-elect to Teddy Roosevelt

Asked if he missed being involved more closely in this year’s election cycle, former House Speaker John A. Boehner replied, “Oh my God, no.” (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner weighed in on the incoming Trump administration Wednesday, calling the president-elect a “good guy” who wants to do “big things,” and advocating for bipartisanship in the new Congress.

Boehner told Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO that he and Trump have known each other for a long time. 

Members of Congress Pay Tribute to Gwen Ifill
Lawmakers from both parties remember the late ‘PBS NewsHour’ co-anchor

Veteran journalist Gwen Ifill has died of cancer at 61. (CQ/Roll Call file photo)

Members of Congress from both parties offered their condolences after the death of “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor Gwen Ifill. She was 61. 

Ifill, who also served as host of PBS’ “Washington Week,” died in Washington on Monday from complications of uterine cancer, The New York Times reported. She covered the White House, Congress and national campaigns for various media outlets for more than three decades. 

Today’s Lesson for America’s Children: Good Behavior Is for Losers
Democrats, the party of children and families, have to begin accounting for their failures

A stunned crowd at the Nevada Democrats' election night watch party watch as Donald Trump delivers his victory speech. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“What are we going to tell the kids about this?”

For many Americans, the worst moment of election night wasn’t the 3 a.m. victory speech by Donald Trump. In the hours that followed, parents stole into the rooms where their children slept and counted the hours before the school day began on Wednesday, dreading the conversation to come.

Republicans Likely to Heed Trump's Call to Repeal Obamacare
Reconciliation could be used to strike parts of the law with 51 votes

The signature of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is seen after a signing ceremony last January for House legislation that would undo portions of the 2010 health care law.. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

 Congress is all but certain to seek to repeal parts of the health care overhaul, unwinding the signature achievement of the Obama administration and delivering on one of the Republican Party’s key campaign promises.

The health care law established state-based public health exchanges to encourage a competitive market for individuals who do not receive coverage through their job or another public program like Medicare. The fourth open enrollment period began last week for coverage that begins in January.

Trump, Hill GOP Must Get Along and Produce — Fast
An angry electorate demands results, uninterested in ideological infighting

Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July. He is now the president-elect of the United States. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

They broke it. Now they own it.

The Republican Party has won total control over the federal government for the first time in a decade. Two interconnected revolutions have brought the country to this juncture: The tea party movement that gave a new breed of confrontational conservative decisive sway on Capitol Hill starting six years ago, and now the extraordinary triumph of the infuriated outsider in the form of Donald J. Trump.